Introducing Solo Thoughts!
If you’re a church soloist, musician, or are on the music committee for your church, you might be wondering:
~Where can I find just the right solos that are correlated to the weekly Bible Lesson?
~Where can my church purchase sheet music?
Watchfire Music has the perfect solution: We offer our highly researched monthly and quarterly publication, Solo Thoughts.
So what exactly IS Solo Thoughts? Created by Watchfire Music’s team of editors, it’s a downloadable resource tool in PDF format that is essentially a comprehensive list of ideas for solos -- matched to the weekly Bible Lessons -- for your church service. With just one click of the mouse, Solo Thoughts will appear on your computer as a pdf file. It's true power lies in using the resource on line to click through directly to the purchase page of each solo that is referenced. You may, however, also print the resource as well.
Download a Free Sample of Solo Thoughts here and Explore the following:
~A List of the Latest Digital Sheet Music Offerings from Watchfire Music
~News and Notes from Solo Thoughts
~Latest Questions from Solo Thoughts Users
~Info On How To Use Solo Thoughts
~Info on How to Navigate Solo Thoughts via Bookmark Hyperlinks
~Two Pages of Actual Solo Thoughts Entries for Your Exploration
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Solo Thoughts by the Quarter and by the Month
Solo Thoughts FAQ
- Changes to Intellectual Property Policy
The lyrics and music of the songs that you purchase from Watchfire Music are all under the copyright protection laws of the United States government. We owe it to our composers and artists to do everything possible to protect the integrity of their work. It has come to our attention more recently that people are sometimes arbitrarily changing lyrics and/or music to meet their needs. This constitutes the breaking of copyright law. The proper and legal way to handle content changes is to contact the composer and owner of the intellectual property and request that a change be made. Then it is up to the composer to comply or refuse. We ask that you observe this courtesy and respect the copyright law.
A customer wrote in to say that a solo was sung in a church that was from a well known musical. She wanted to know if we were familiar with this and did we have it for sale in digital solos?
We wrote back to say the following:
The version you heard is the music of a song from a well-known musical married to some lyrics that a practitioner re-wrote many years ago using the original song lyrics as a model. She did this for two songs from the show and the two songs were slowly passed around from hand to hand and church to church over time.
What no one took into consideration back in the day — and even now, today — is that it is completely illegal to do what was described above. One cannot marry a copyrighted melody and its arrangement to another revised or completely different set of lyrics without express permission from the copyright holders. To be clear, the copyright holders would never agree to this new arrangement and marriage of words and music. And if they did, the song would have had to have been published with explicit text on the music stating the express permission of those copyright holders.
If someone generated a score using computer software, that in and of itself does not constitute publishing with permission. Also, if those new arrangements were sold in any way, the royalties are not being paid out to the copyright holders.
Furthermore, one cannot legally share copies of music that were not properly purchased. Whether they are digital or actual paper copies (file-shared or xeroxed) being shared around, that constitutes stealing from the copyright owners.
Now, it is understood that this was all done in good faith to bring a beautiful melody together with a more spiritual message for a church service. But unless the music is in the Public Domain, it is indeed illegal without permission. The music from this show is definitely not in the Public Domain.
There are of course instances, for example, in the Christian Science Hymnal where existing melodies are married to new lyrics. However, those melodies are either in the Public Domain, or the CSPS gained copyright permission to use those melodies in that particular way for that particular use through contracts, licensing and agreements. Permissions are listed in the footer of each hymn.
In conclusion, the soloist who sang one of these two songs should find out where they got the music, contact whomever gave it to them and let them know of its illegality. Also, the music should be destroyed and not used again.
If you want to dig deeper into this in terms of how a large CS community of musicians is thinking this issue through together, please join Solo Thoughts Community on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/SoloThoughts/
Then, check out this thread:
There is an article posted at the link and many comments follow below the article that may be helpful in sorting this out for you and your church. The discussion is lively and provocative from many different voices.
Requirements to license music depends on the situation in which you are using the music. Read all of the below information to determine whether you need to license a particular song:
- If one broadcasts the music via films, television, radio, internet radio, webcast, etc., then permission and licensing fees are required.
- Churches do not need to pay licensing fees for music sung or played in their services. In fact, you do not even have to ask permission, though we appreciate you taking the time to do so. Since a church is a donation situation, you are not required to pay any fees because you are not making money off the playing of a song. We only ask that you give Proper Credit* where credits are given.
- *Proper Credit includes the artist’s name or name of performing group, the album title from which the song came, the writers of the song (both composer and lyricist), the producer of the song and www.WatchFireMusic.com.
- Credit must be given within a practical readable duration so that those who are viewing it have ample time to read it and note it if necessary. In all cases whenever possible, there should be a link to www.WatchFireMusic.com.
- Also the line, “[Song Title] has been used with permission from Watchfire Music.”
- If the song is recorded and it’s the first recording made then permission has to be obtained from composer and publisher; however, if the song has been previously recorded by anyone, then it is listed with a mechanical royalty company (most likely Harry Fox). In this case, mechanical royalty fees must be paid by the record company.